QMumbai: 4 Big Parties on Wait & Watch Mode in Maharashtra & More

1. Maha Verdict: Big 4 in Wait-And-Watch Mode

All four main political parties in the state are in wait-and-watch mode a day before the counting of votes for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections on Thursday.

All parties have appointed agents and observers to monitor the entire counting process. “We are trying our best to secure strongrooms. The way everything is being managed, we doubt that EVMs can also be manipulated. Considering this, we have deployed four people at each strongroom, who are manning them in shifts. We have also written to the election commission to install jammers so that there is no possibility of remotely hacking EVMs. However, the commission is yet to react on our demand,” said state Congress president Ashok Chavan.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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2. Health Dept’s 6,000 Appointments Hang With SEBC Quota Case in Court

The ongoing Maratha reservation case in the Bombay High Court (HC) has hit appointment of 5,778 officials in the public health department, which has 10,568 vacancies across rural and district hospitals.

Following a HC order in December that directed the Maharashtra government to halt all appointments in connection to reservation for the Socially and Educationally Backward Caste (SEBC) until court’s final verdict, the health department, which has the second largest vacancies across all departments, has been left in the lurch.

(Source: Indian Express)

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3. Bombay HC Asks BMC If More Experts Will Be Appointed on Tree Authority

The Bombay High Court on Wednesday sought to know from the BMC if they were willing to appoint more experts on the Tree Authority, as per the high court’s directions.

The Bombay High Court on Wednesday sought to know from the BMC if they were willing to appoint more experts on the Tree Authority, as per the high court’s directions.

The vacation bench of Justice Sandeep Shinde and Justice Sarang Kotwal were hearing three applications moved in the matter. Activist Zoru Bhatena had filed a plea stating that the newly appointed committee to hear the applications for felling of trees was not as per the law laid down by this court. A second application, filed by Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation, stated that their work on the car depot at Aarey for the Colaba-Andheri-SEEPZ Metro line-3 had come to a halt as its application to cut trees was pending with the Tree Authority.

(Source: Indian Express)

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4. 17 Grounded Aircraft to Undergo Repair: AI Set to Operate More Flights

Air India — which has grounded 17 aircraft, owing to non-availability of engines and other spare parts — is set to introduce more domestic and international flights by October.

According to sources, the airline will complete repair work of all its wide-body aircraft by June and narrow-body aircraft by September. This will enable the airline to operate more flights by October, said the source.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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5. Man Held for 2016 Rape After Video Surfaces

A 50-year-old man was recently arrested for allegedly raping a 23-year-old woman in 2016 and shooting a video of the act.

The incident came to light last week when the survivor’s husband saw the video on social media and filed a complained with the police. However, it is yet not clear who uploaded the video online. Investigations are on, Malwani police said.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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